Today I’m sharing questions to ask officiants before booking them for your full service wedding planning clients.
Most of our clients do use their church or a church pastor as their wedding officiant and in that case I usually don’t have to ask most of these questions. If the ceremony is being held in a church, or if a pastor is marrying them they almost always require some sort of premarital counseling.
Side note: And I’m glad they do. I think every couple needs premarital counseling before getting married. There’s so many things couples don’t discuss prior to engagement that should be discussed to avoid problems in the future. Simple things like finances, careers, raising kids, etc.
Questions to Ask Officiants Before Booking
- Do you have a script or do you personalize each wedding?
- Can the couple write their own vows; if desired?
- Can you help with that?
- How long are your ceremonies?
- Fee or required donation and when is this due?
- Do you require premarital counseling?
- How many times will you meet with the couple?
- Do you attend the rehearsal?
- If they have religious preferences are you able to incorporate?
- Do you fill out the marriage license on the wedding day and mail it in to the circuit clerk?